TV: FOX Sports 1: Tim Brando (play-by-play) and Bill Raftery (analyst)
Series History: Marquette-Arizona State Meeting For Fourth Time.
*Marquette has won 2 of the 3 all-time meetings with Arizona State. First meeting Dec. 29, 1981 in the Milwaukee Classic and MU won74-68. 2nd meeting: MU 71-65 win at ASU on Jan 4, 1993. ASU were able to edge the Golden Eagles 79-77 last season in the most recent matchup when Derrick Wilson's last second shot was blocked as time expired. F Davante Gardner led four players in double figures with 18 points and Jake Thomas hit five treys in the second half to finish with 16 points and help Marquette rally after trailing by as many as 15 points..
Head Coach Steve Wojciechowski
Last game- 49-38 loss vs. Wisconsin
Likely Starters – #12 G Derrick Wilson, #1 G Duane Wilson, #13 G Matt Carlino, #10 F Juan Anderson, #25 F Steve Taylor.
Leading scorers – Carlino (13.8 ppg), Duane Wilson (12.5 ppg), Anderson (11.6 ppg).
Key bench players – #23 G JaJuan Johnson, #40 C Luke Fischer, #5 G/F Sandy Cohen III
Arizona State (6-3) ====================================
Head Coach Herb Sendek
Last game – 81-74 win vs. Pepperdine
#44 G Kody Justice 6-5, 180 FR,
#4 G Gerry Blakes 6-4 195 JR,
#2 F Willie Atwood 6-8 210 JR,
#40 F Shaquielle McKissic 6-5 200 SR,
#21 C Eric Jacobsen 6-10 255 JR
Leading scorers – Blakes (12.2 ppg), Jacobsen (11.7 ppg), McKissic (10.1 ppg)
Key bench players –
#31 Jonathan Gillig 6-8 220 SR,
#33 Bo Barnes 6-4 190 SR
#40 Shaquielle McKissic had 22 pts and 11 rebs in ASU win over Pepperdine
Both Marquette and Arizona State are still trying to move on after losing the bulk of their scoring from last season. Marquette is still missing Davante Gardner, Jamil Wilson and Todd Mayo, while the Sun Devils are experiencing life after stars Jahii Carson and Jordan Bachynski.
Carson, Bachynski and Jermaine Marshall scored 58 of Arizona State’s 79 points in a two-point home victory over the Golden Eagles last season. None of those players are returning for the Sun Devils in the second matchup of a home-and-home series. Both teams only have three players scoring in double figures.
#21 Jacobsen is averaging 11.7 ppg and 8.0 rebpg
There will be a new look Golden Eagles team on the floor Tuesday night, as Luke Fischer will make his Marquette debut after being ineligible for the first semester after transferring from Indiana. Marquette will also be without sophomores Deonte Burton and John Dawson, who left the program at the conclusion of the fall semester.
Arizona State is far from the team that qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season. The Sun Devils are 0-3 against major opponents this year, the best one coming in a 78-73 defeat against Maryland on a neutral site.
#4 Gerry Blakes leads ASU in scoring at 12.2ppg/ .941 FT%/.313 3Pts% ppg
The Sun Devils are also less threatening away from Tempe. They have played only one true road game, a 72-71 loss against Texas A&M and are 0-2 in neutral site games. Marquette has not been a great home team, going 2-2 in its first four games at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Golden Eagles are shooting just 40.8 percent from the field in those four games, including outings of 35 percent against NJIT and 28 percent against Wisconsin in the team’s most recent game.
#0 PG Tra Holder leads ASU with 2.6 assists and 0.5 steals per gameMarquette has had 10 days to prepare for the Sun Devils, but is coming off a lousy offensive showing against the Badgers in a 49-38 loss. Arizona State also produced a pitiful offensive performance in a 49-39 win over Bethune-Cookman at home.
This is a game Marquette could and probably should win. The Sun Devils aren’t the same team from a year ago and like Marquette are trying to find their offensive identity. This could turn into another gritty, defensive matchup, especially if the home team gets off to a slow start again.
Coaching ties: Marquette assistant coach Mark Phelps was an assistant for current ASU head coach Herb Sendek for a total of 12 years. Phelps spent 10 seasons (1996-2006) as an assistant at N.C. State before serving two years (2011-13) as associate head coach with the Sun Devils.
Justin Gainey, Marquette’s director of basketball operations, played under Sendek and Phelps with the Wolfpack and helped lead the team to the ACC?Tournament championship game in 1997, a run that included a win over No. 1 seed Duke and Steve Wojciechowski.
ASU’s Tim Wells (director of player development) played with Gainey at N.C. State and assistant coach Stan Johnson previously served in the same position under Phelps (five seasons as head coach) at Drake. Current MU assistant Brett Nelson was also an assistant with the Bulldogs under Phelps.
Wojciechowski and Sendek are obviously very familiar with each other, having met for 10 seasons in ACC?competition as a player and coach.